Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group Gears for a New Era

Top image: RJ Botha


Swartland Organic Wines from Org de Rac Snatch Three Tim Atkin 90pt-plus Scores

Org de Rac, the organic wine farm in the heart of the Swartland region of South Africa, achieved three 90-plus ratings in the highly anticipated annual report done by Tim Atkin MW, the British wine expert who is seen as one of the world’s leading authorities on the country’s wines.


Diemersdal Releases Unique New World Sauvignon Blanc from Frozen Juice

In a quest for optimum tropical fruit expression in Sauvignon Blanc, Thys Louw from Diemersdal Estate last year released the first South African wine from this grape variety made by fermenting grape must that had been frozen after harvesting. This wine was such a success in the market that production has increased for the 2018 vintage which has just hit the market.


Michelangelo Experiences South Africa’s Gin Renaissance

One of the categories contributing to the record number of entries experienced by the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards for 2018 is that of gin: some 81 gins were entered this year, making it the largest spirits category in the competition.


Michelangelo Judge Amanda Barnes on Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz

Judging for this year’s Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards kicked off in Stellenbosch with 30 judges from 16 countries making their way through the record number of 2 244 wines and spirits entered for this year. Visiting South Africa for her second stint as a Michelangelo judge, Argentina-based British wine writer and judge Amanda Barnes is one of the assessors of the two largest wine categories, namely Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz.


Michelangelo Awards Re-writes the Record Book for Wine and Spirits Entries

Top image: Lorraine Immelman, CEO and founder of the Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards.

A new record number of entries for the Michelangelo International Wine and Spirit Awards has been set for this year’s competition with 2244 wines and spirits from 16 countries entering this year. This is a spectacular increase of 611 on last year’s number.


Diemersdal Gets its Hands on Absa Top 10 Trophy for Seventh Time

Top image: Juandré Bruwer, Thys Louw and Mari Branders


Acclaimed Sommelier and Michelangelo judge Miguel Chan on Wine Competitions: The Spinal Cord of any Dynamic Wine Industry

Top image: Miguel Chan

In modern-day speak, the expression “go-to” succinctly sums up what you are trying to communicate. In South Africa there are a handful of individuals who warrant the prefix of go-to when describing their reputation and status in the diverse and expansive wine industry.


De Wetshof Flies Flag for Robertson Pinot Noir with National Terroir Award

The De Wetshof Estate in Robertson might be best known for Chardonnay, but its interpretation of the red Burgundian variety Pinot Noir is growing in stature. The De Wetshof Nature in Concert Pinot Noir 2017 was crowned National Pinot Noir Champion in this year’s Novare Terroir Awards, a competition committed to awarding wines showing focussed expressions of terroir and site.


SAA to select Michelangelo 2018 winners for On-board Wine-lists and Lounges

In a move set to increase the commercial footprint of wines and spirits entered into its competition, the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards has confirmed that it has been appointed by the South African Airways as supplier of its on-board wines and spirits for 2019.

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